What Happens When I Fail to Stop at a Crosswalk?

  1. Traffic Law
  2. What Happens When I Fail to Stop at a Crosswalk?

“Pedestrians have the right of way” is one of the first things you’re taught in Driver’s Education. And though you may know the general rule, we’re here today to break down the laws and tell you the penalties for breaking them.

  • If there aren’t traffic signals, pedestrians have the right of way in both marked and unmarked crosswalks.
  • Drivers and pedestrians must obey the traffic signals – including stop signs and light cues.
  • Pedestrians have the right of way if they are crossing the street at a green light.
  • Drivers must yield to pedestrians if the light changes from green to yellow or yellow to red and the pedestrian is in the crosswalk.
  • Pedestrians who are blind always have the right of way.
  • If there is an intersection that has “Walk” and “Do Not Walk” signals, the pedestrian has the right of way when crossing if the signal is on “Walk,” even if they do not have a green light.
  • If there is a red flashing light somewhere other than an intersection, pedestrians have the right of way, and drivers must yield to them.
  • Drivers must proceed with caution if there is a flashing yellow light somewhere other than an intersection.

If you receive a ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian who has the right of way (and, as you can see, they usually do). In that case, you’ll likely be ordered to pay a $100 fine with potential additional costs. Not only will you be fined, but four points will be added to your driving record, which can cause a significant increase in your insurance. If you end up with too many points on your record, you can risk losing your license.

If you find yourself receiving a ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian or another situation where you’ll be visiting traffic court, call Craft Law Offices at 252-752-0297. Leslie Craft may be able to reduce your charge, fine, or modify your ticket.

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